Schoenberg's Correspondence with American Composers is the first edition of all known and available letters between Arnold Schoenberg and over seventy American composers written between 1915 and 1951, in English and English translation and with commentary. In six chronologically organized chapters, the correspondence first casts new light on Schoenberg's contacts with American composers before 1933, including correspondence with students and champions of his
music (Israel Amter, James Francis Cooke, Henry Cowell, Edgar Varese, and Adolph Weiss among others). The letters after 1933 show how Schoenberg gradually built a network of composer colleagues and friends, among them Mark Brunswick, Oscar Levant, Roger Sessions, Nicolas Slonimsky, Gerald Strang, with whom
he discussed compositional ideas, specific musical works and writings, performances and the publication of his compositions. These letters also provide insight into his ideas about teaching in private settings, at the Malkin Conservatory and the University of California.
The correspondence of his last years illuminates how the reception of Schoenberg's music in the United States was flourishing and how he attracted a growing number of disciples exploring twelve-tone composition. The book also qualifies the concept of and Schoenberg's association with the Second Viennese School. Schoenberg's Correspondence with American Composers not only illuminates a varied and vivid epistolary style, but clearly demonstrates Schoenberg's far-reaching connections in
the American music world.
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 976
Weight: 1496 g
Dimensions: 243 x 164 x 58 mm
Sabine Feisst's meticulously edited and translated collection of letters challenges the myth that Schoenberg was a musical outcast with limited connections beyond a small cadre of acolytes. It vividly documents that after fleeing Europe in 1933, Schoenberg interacted with a diverse network of American composers and students, who helped shape the development of music long after his death in 1951. A major contribution to Schoenberg scholarship, this book will also
attract the attention of a broader audience of readers interested in American cultural history during the first half of the twentieth century. * David W. Bernstein, Professor of Music, Mills College *
An essential follow-up to Sabine Feisst's Schoenberg's New World: The American Years, this expertly edited and annotated collection of letters between Arnold Schoenberg and a wide range of both emigre and native-born American composers, from Edgard Varese to Oscar Levant, sheds further light on Schoenberg's later years and his involvement in the American music scene. * Howard Pollack, John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Music, University of Houston *